Swollen Gums Pain: What can be the cause of my gums paining? What can I do to ease the pain?

In and swelling of the gums is a common dental problem and is usually one that stems from poor dental and oral hygiene. Swelling of the gums itself is not a disease, but the condition may indicate the presence of one, or could be taken as a warning sign. If the pain you are experiencing is caused by a condition you would need to get it diagnosed, so that you can begin appropriate treatment to cure the problem, rather than simply relieve the pain temporarily. Pain and swelling or inflammation of the gums could be indicative of Pyorrhea or Periodontitis, gingivitis, monilia, an infection of the gums, or something as simple as an allergy or nutritional deficiency.

Nutritional problems can be easily corrected with the advice of a nutritionist, and allergies can also be controlled by restricting or avoiding any exposure to known allergens. Identifying a food allergen is not very tough as you can start with a restrictive diet and gradually add other dietary elements. As soon as you experience a reaction you would be able to identify the food that triggered it, and exclude it from your regular diet. Non dietary allergens are harder to identify, and would require a visit to the doctor, but in the case of gum swelling and pain a food allergy would be a much more likely cause.

As mentioned earlier gum swelling and pain is not necessarily a disease, but could just be a condition. In such scenarios there are plenty of natural remedies that you can try out at home. Many of these are standard oral hygiene practices that you should incorporate into your daily routine even after the problem is resolved.

  • Apply some clove oil on to your gums, or just chew on a clove slowly. Do this on a regular basis.
  • Try and switch to a toothpaste that has peppermint and sage oil, among others.
  • A warm saltwater gargle done twice a day will also help significantly.
  • Anti-bacterial mouth washes will also help.
  • Use a soft brush, but make it a point to brush twice a day.
  • Bleeding of gums has in many cases been found to be caused due to a vitamin C deficiency. Citrus fruits are a very good natural source of this vitamin, and there are also vitamin supplements available.

If these remedies bring you no respite from the pain, make sure you visit your dentist immediately as it could be indicative of a more serious problem.

answered by S D

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